Giving back to communities
Celebrating 16 years of the Vodacom Foundation
For over 16 years, we've been contributing to societal development by promoting education and health as well as safety and security initiatives. We've partnered with reputable organisations since 1999 to grant over R800 million towards various programmes including; anti women and child abuse, facial reconstruction surgeries and providing Internet connectivity in schools.
For two decades, Vodacom has been committed to giving back to communities through partnerships with government, industry leaders and other technology partners. For a summary of our SA initiatives, click here.
We're committed to using the resources at our disposal to improve access to education, health and safety, which are the core focus areas for the Vodacom Foundation. These three areas are also in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with the set of bold new Global Goals that were formally adopted by the 193-member United Nations Assembly on Friday, 25 September 2015. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what they did not achieve. They are integrated and indivisible, and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The goals and targets will continue to stimulate action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.
The Global Goals resonate well with the core activities of the Vodacom Foundation, and to this end, we declare our full support and commitment to continue driving sustainable initiatives which can help alleviate some of the country's most pressing social challenges.
Vodacom Lesotho cares deeply about the community in which it operates. The company’s social responsibility investments and partnerships are in health, education, sports and community development.
Vodacom Mozambique’s corporate social investments are focused on education, health, safety and security. The company collaborates with select partners, NGOs and communities to execute approved projects.
Vodacom Tanzania established its Foundation in July 2006 to give back to communities and improve the lives of Tanzanians. The Foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of communities through caring partnerships in education, health, economic empowerment and social welfare.
Vodacom Foundation DRC’s vision is to contribute towards a prosperous country in which people’s lives are transformed through the use of mobile technologies to address social and economic issues.
Mobile Education Programme
The Vodacom Mobile Education Programme provides quality Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and Internet access to thousands of teachers and learners.
To empower teachers, we’ve partnered with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), Microsoft, Cisco, Intel and Mindset to establish ICT Resource Centres which provide development training with a focus on ICT Literacy, as well as the effective use and integration of digital content in the classroom. To date, we’ve provided equipment and Internet connectivity to 1 615 schools to improve the learning experience.
To find out more, visit www.digitalclassroom.co.za
The Vodacom Mobile Education programme offers:
We’ve trained over 20 000 teachers on development and the use of ICT to help improve their teaching skills. The teachers are also trained on how to integrate ICT in their classrooms. In partnership with the DBE, we’ve trained 130 centre managers through teacher centre and financial management courses, as well as 45 district e-learning specialists on the integration of ICT in the classroom.
By the end of the 2015/2016 financial year, a total of 81 teachers’ centres will be equipped and connected to offer teacher development courses, youth training on ICT and community programmes.
A gateway offering free Internet access has been created for teachers on the programme to promote learning anytime, anywhere. Vodacom Foundation offers Internet connectivity to the schools and centres we support, thus giving teachers and learners access to digital resources.
Digital Content and Services
a) Digital Classroom is a teachers’ portal hosted on our Vodacom network. The portal offers online educational resources, a teachers’ forum, articles and training programmes. We’ve also partnered with top publishers to provide content for the Digital Classroom. For more information, visitwww.digitalclassroom.co.za
b) Vodacom e-school is a learners’ portal which offers online lessons and assignments for learners from Grades 8 to 12. Access to this content is free for Vodacom customers. The portal is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education and it matches the South African Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements. For more information, visit www.vodacom.co.za/e-school, www.digitalclassroom.co.za, www.digitalclassroomresources.co.za, www.mindset.co.za, www.everythingmaths.co.za, www.everythingscience.co.za www.thutong.doe.gov.za, www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za and www.education.gov.za
The Stock Visibility Solution (SVS) enables nurses at clinics to manage the availability of chronic medication and avoid stock-outs. It’s expensive for people to get to their local clinic to pick up their TB or ARV medication, but often there’s no stock available when they arrive and they can’t afford return trips to the clinic.
The availability of stock has a real impact on their health and it’s also important for patients to take their medication at the same time every day. This solution gives visibility to the national Department of Health (DoH) allowing them to view stock-outs of medication while the new mobile-enabled system lets the department create a JIT (just in time) supply of medications at these clinics. This is a first for the DoH.
In another health project, the Integrated School Health Programme (ISHP) provides nurses with mobile phones so they can capture the outcome of health assessments done on learners (such as dental, eye and general health). These results are easily updated on a central system. When a child needs help – like getting eye glasses or gaining some weight and nourishment – referrals are sent to school nurses who provide further health assistance via 33 mobile health clinics owned by the national Department of Health. The first assessment takes place in Grade 1 to ensure that learners receive assistance the moment they enter the education system.
Regarding multi-year funded projects, the Vodacom Foundation has long-standing relationships with several non-profit organisations. We provide funding that enables these NPOs to support and assist in the areas of health and medicine.
These organisations include:
- Ndlovu Care Group - provides nutritional and medical assistance to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in the Groblersdal area.
- Smile Foundation - provides operations to children in need of cleft lip and palate surgery, putting the smile back on their faces and providing support to their families.
- SANCB (South African National Council for the Blind) - provides much-needed cataracts operations to people in rural communities.
- Netcare Foundation - provides craniofacial operations to patients born with conditions such as craniosystosis.
Engaging with us
Vodacom is committed to addressing the ICT skills shortage in South Africa. To address this need, we provide fifty students with bursaries annually to study in fields in which there are skills shortages. Top-achieving students from disadvantaged communities are chosen to study in the ICT and engineering sectors.
Since the scheme was started in 1999, more than 1 000 bursaries have been awarded.
Areas of study
Applicants can apply for a Vodacom Foundation Bursary if they intend to gain a qualification in one of the following fields of study:
Engineering and Operations:
- Electrical or Electronic Engineering (Light Current only);
- University of technology Diplomas and Degrees in similar areas of study.
- BSc Computer Science;
- BSc Computer Engineering; or
- Information Systems
- University of technology Diplomas and Degrees in similar areas of study
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants need to meet the following requirements to apply for a Vodacom Foundation Bursary.
- must be a South African citizen
- must undertake full-time undergraduate studies in a South African tertiary institution
- be a member of a family who's total household income does not exceed R150 000 per year
- must pass Grade 12 with exemption
- must obtain a minimum “C” symbol in both Mathematics and Science Higher Grade
- must be younger than 25 years
- may apply if already in his/her first year of studies in an accredited South African tertiary institution and meet
- all criteria above
Before submitting your application, please consider our eligibility requirements and answer the following questions: If answers are not yes to all, please do not apply.
Am I applying for the correct field of study?
Did I obtain the minimum academic requirements?
Am I using the correct bursary application form?
Am I a South African Citizen?
Only long listed candidates will be contacted, if you are not invited for an initial interview, consider your application as unsuccessful.
Please note that preference will be given to historically disadvantaged individuals
The bursary scheme is presently administered by Career Wise.
For further information, email email@example.com.
Vodacom also has an extensive programme of learnerships and internships in the field of Information Communication Technology as well as various aspects of business management.
How do I apply?
To download a Vodacom Foundation Bursary application form, click here
Applications for bursaries open yearly on 1 March, and must be submitted by 30 June.
Vodacom Safety and Security
The Vodacom Foundation has invested R4.2 million in a 24-hour call centre dedicated to providing support and counselling to victims of gender-based violence. These funds also help cover the cost of the call centre’s ICT infrastructure.
We support a number of non-profit organisations in the safety and security sector. The Vodacom Foundation funds these NGOs allowing them to provide support in the area of safety and security, as well as assist victims of gender-based violence.
These organisations include:
- WMACA (Women & Men Against Child Abuse) - provides counselling and support to rape survivors and the conviction of abusers.
- New Beginningz - a home that provides support to abandoned babies.
- ACFS (African Children's feeding Scheme) - provides daily meals to 700 children in Soweto.
- Orlando Children's Home - provides care for 80 young orphans in Soweto.
Engaging with us
Interested in applying for funding? Below is a list of criteria for organisations who wish to apply:
You must adhere to or comply with the criteria:
- Be a Registered Non Profit Organisation;
- Projects must have clearly defined, evidence-based goals that can be tracked through their lifespan
- Projects must have monitoring systems in place to demonstrate their efficiency in running the initiative and their effectiveness in achieving the desired outcomes and impacts
- Distinctive and scalable - Projects must demonstrate innovation and, if proven, have the potential to be rolled out to other parts of South Africa to create a greater impact;
- Sustainable - Projects must be able to sustain themselves financially, technically and operationally once Vodacom Foundation funding has ended;
Please note: We do not fund:
Start up costs, sport sponsorships, golf days, beauty pageants, raffles, competitions, events, travel and international studies, television shows, production costs, conferences, exhibitions, shows and other related occasions, political and religious organisations as direct beneficiaries, commercial entities and labour unions, others Foundations and Trusts as direct beneficiaries or organisations that are insolvent or those who cannot produce acceptable audited financial statements.
Grants outside of South Africa
Vodacom Foundation South Africa considers applications from South African charities for projects in South Africa. Vodacom operating companies in Tanzania, DRC, Lesotho and Mozambique have their own CSI processes